Battalion commander speaks at Daleville Pow-Wow
November 17, 2011
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 17, 2011) -- Daleville hosted a Pow-Wow ceremony Nov. 11-12 to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and honor Native Americans for their service to the country.
Lt. Col. Demetrios J. Nicholson, 1st Battalion, 223rd Aviation Regiment commander, served as the guest speaker at the event.
The unmistakable sound of tribal drums and chanting kicked off the celebration with the posting of the colors, and various members of different local tribes showcasing several diverse ceremonial dances, including one in which they honored veterans with a march that Nicholson participated in.
"When I think of our nation's history, both the good and the bad, I quickly think of the Latin phrase, E pluribus Unum, which means, 'out of many, one,'" said Nicholson. "To me, it stands true that the strength of our nation comes from the diversity of its people. The strength of that diversity is no more evident than by the superb contributions and sacrifices by the Native Americans in the United States military."
Native Americans have served in the U.S. military from the American Revolution, to Iraq and Afghanistan, he said. He added that in that regard, they have demonstrated exemplary service, bringing their cultural qualities that are represented in the proud warrior traditions of strength, honor, pride, devotion and wisdom.
Nicholson mentioned a quote by President Barack Obama stating, "Native Americans stand amongst America's most distinguished authors, artists, scientists and political leaders. And in their accomplishments, they have profoundly strengthened the legacy in which we leave our children.
"American Indians bravely fought to protect that legacy as members of our armed forces. Native Americans have demonstrated time and again their commitment to advancing our common goals," he said.
Nicholson concluded by expressing his thanks for "those Native American brothers and sisters who continue to serve with us together against those enemies who would deny our freedom and liberty."
The rest of the festivities continued with more singing and dancing by members of the Native American community, which they invited those who attended the celebration to join in.
Those that were there were also able to sample different types of Native American foods, and get a chance to see and purchase various types of hand crafted Native American items and artwork.